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Laurent Koscielny | Defensemen | #6

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/10/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 165

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Laurent Koscielny's suspension, earned at the end of last season, will carry over for the first two matches of the 2017-18 season.
The Arsenal center back and France international will get an extended summer break as he serves the final two matches of his suspension from last season. Some combination of Shkodran Mustafi, Per Mertesacker, Rob Holding, and Nacho Monreal will deputize for Koscielny over the first two weeks. With Arsenal's schedule relatively light in Weeks 1 and 2, the absence shouldn't have too significant an impact on the season for the Gunners. Aug 11 - 10:42 AM

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AC Milan have joined the race to sign Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny as the Italian club look to splash the cash under their new Chinese owners.

The 31-year-old only signed an extension to his current deal 8 months ago, a contract which would keep him at the Emirates until 2020. But, in spite of "feeling very good over here" recent comments hinted that he could be open to a move: "I have always said that I was a Marseille fan when I was younger. When a mythical club like Marseille contact you, it is good. But will I sign for them? I have no idea at all." Arsène Wenger would be very reluctant to part with one of his key assets, particularly given that Arsenal are themselves, looking to strengthen defensively. Despite his man-of-the-match performance in the FA Cup final, Per Mertesacker’s best days look to be behind him while Gabriel Paulista divides opinion. Rob Holding, 21, looks an excellent prospect but next season could come too soon, leaving German international Shkodran Mustafi as the only other experienced central defender.
Source: The Mirror
Jun 27 - 3:41 PM

Laurent Koscielny's appeal of the red card he picked up against Everton on the season's final day was denied meaning that the Arsenal center back will miss the FA Cup final and the club's next two FA sanctioned matches next season.

With Gabriel also going off on Sunday with an injury, Arsenal are going to be significantly depleted at the back as they face Eden Hazard and Chelsea in Saturday's FA Cup final. Based on what we've seen recently, Arsene Wenger will likely choose Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding and Nacho Monreal as his central trio with Kieran Gibbs on the left and either Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (if he's healthy) or Hector Bellerin (if Ox isn't ready to return). If Arsenal win the FA Cup final then Koscielny will miss the Community Shield and Arsenal's first Premier League match of the season. If they lose, he will miss the first two Premier League matches of the season.
Source: espnfc.com
May 23 - 2:33 PM

Laurent Koscielny was shown a straight red card for a rash challenge early against Everton and will miss Arsenal's FA Cup final clash against Chelsea next Saturday as a result.

While Arsenal beat Everton 3-1 to uphold their end of the bargain when it came to finishing in the top four, the dismissal of Koscielny and Liverpool's 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough is a double blow for the Gunners. For the first time under Arsene Wenger they will be without Champions League football and they will also be without their captain as they look to salvage one trophy from the season.
Source: espnfc.com
May 21 - 12:15 PM

Laurent Koscielny continues to nurse his Achilles and it could force him to miss out on Arsenal's finale against Everton on Sunday.

Koscielny played successfully against Sunderland in mid-week as Arsenal kept pace with Liverpool in the race for fourth. Despite that, Arsene Wenger has indicated that the France international could be held out on Sunday as he continues to recover from the Achilles injury that has kept him out sporadically down the stretch. Arsenal also have the FA Cup final to play and Wenger may have to manage Koscielny's health between those two priorities.
Source: BBC Sport
May 19 - 10:58 AM

Laurent Koscielny could miss tonight’s game against Sunderland as he continues to battle a painful and persistent Achilles injury.

The France centre-back admitted the problem will require regular attention until the end of his career and hinted that he could miss out on Tuesday as he struggles to play games in quick succession: "I know it is a difficult injury because you need to work every day on this. I do this and it is okay but sometimes with all the games we play every three days, it is difficult and I need to have a rest to recover well. I am prepared to miss Sunderland to be fit for the last two games of this season. Sometimes it is better to miss one game to be fit for the others." Should Koscielny miss out, then Arsène Wenger is likely to stick to three at the back which has served him well in recent weeks with Kieran Gibbs expected to return to the side following his recovery from minor a calf issue.
Source: Eurosport UK
May 16 - 6:15 AM

Laurent Koscielny, who missed Arsenal's win over Manchester United this past Sunday, has returned to training after a calf injury and could be in contention to play at least some role against Stoke City on Saturday.

Shkodran Mustafi returned from injury to join the emerging Rob Holding and Nacho Monreal as the central trio against Manchester United on Sunday. With Laurent Koscielny potentially available again for Stoke this coming Saturday, it is possible that one of Holding or Monreal will give way. It is also a reasonable inference that Arsene Wenger will be conservative against Stoke City given that Arsenal will play their final two league matches in quick succession after Saturday and then have the FA Cup Final the following weekend. Arsenal presumably need to win all three Premier League matches so ensuring Koscielny is ready for mid-week and the finale may well trump rushing back for Stoke City.
Source: espnfc.com
May 12 - 11:48 AM

Arsène Wenger has two injury concerns ahead of his sides visit to St Mary’s on Wednesday evening.

The Arsenal boss was speaking ahead of the midweek trip to Southampton and confirmed Laurent Koscielny is struggling to make the game. If the France international does miss out, then Shkodran Mustafi could return to the side following his recovery from a thigh strain. Wenger will also check on Granit Xhaka who suffered a recurrence of his recent calf injury against Manchester United although "he looks to have recovered." Lucas Perez is available again after missing out on Sunday - the striker suffered a minor setback in training last week but re-joined the main group on Monday. Wenger apologised for his lack of minutes and insisted he wants Perez to remain at the club "if" I am still manager next season. "He is a top-quality striker and I haven't been able to give him the games he wants or deserves."
May 9 - 4:47 AM

Laurent Koscielny is more likely to miss out than play as Arsenal and Spurs face off this Sunday in a crucial North London Derby for both sides.

With Shkodran Mustafi already ruled out for the trip to White Hart Lane the potential absence of Koscielny will make this pretty tough on Arsene Wenger as his side face off against the potent Spurs attack. Assuming that Wenger sticks with three at the back he may have to go with Gabriel, Rob Holding and either Nacho Monreal or Per Mertesacker as the central trio. Not a pretty picture given the form Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christen Eriksen and company have been in down the stretch.

Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny is back in training and should be able to feature for the Gunners as they visit Middlesbrough on Monday of Week 33.

After four successive 3-1 away defeats including last weekend against bottom-half Crystal Palace, Arsenal need some good news. They may get some in the form of the potential return of Laurent Koscielny this weekend. It's hard to pin last weekend's collapse on Gabriel specifically but it certainly can't hurt to have your best center back available again. Koscielny isn't a 100% certainty to start so if you have to make decisions before line-ups are released on Monday then you may want to wait a week despite a strong match-up for the Gunners.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 14 - 4:03 PM

While no details on an exact timeline were given, Arsene Wenger indicated that Laurent Koscielny won't be out as long as expected but that he will miss the Monday trip to Selhurst Park.

With Arsenal fighting for a top four spot, the news that Koscielny didn't do significant damage to his Achilles is a massive boost to Arsenal and their supporters. They will have to make it through the trip to Selhurst Park without their captain but Wenger at least implied that he might be available as soon as the Week 33 trip to Middlesbrough a week from Monday. Gabriel will continue to deputize as long as Koscielny is out.
Apr 7 - 4:56 PM

Laurent Koscielny came off at halftime against Manchester City with what has been deemed a significant Achilles injury and will miss at least the mid-week match with West Ham and probably more based on the wording of the reports.

The France international has been a key figure for the Gunners since his arrival at the Emirates but he seems to have a knack for getting injured at the worst possible time. With the Gunners facing a significant uphill battle if they want to qualify for the Champions League next season and it looks like they'll conduct much of that battle without the leader of their defense. Gabriel will presumably deputize for Koscielny for as long as his injury sidelines him.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 4 - 12:05 PM

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he is unsure how long Laurent Koscielny will be out injured following an Achilles injury.

The Arsenal captain left the club's 2-2 come-from-behind draw against Manchester City on Sunday at half-time due to an Achilles issue and will be assessed this week. Manager Arsene Wenger is expected to have an update on the French international during his pre-match press conference on Tuesday prior to the club's match against West Ham on Wednesday, but Gabriel Paulista is expected to fill in if Koscielny can't give it a go. Said Wenger on Sunday: "I don’t know how long Koscielny will be out for. He came off at half-time with an Achilles problem. How long will that last? I don’t know. Ramsey and Oxlade-Chamberlain have a chance of being available on Wednesday."
Apr 3 - 3:35 PM

Arsenal lost the second leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie with Bayern Munich by the same 5-1 score they lost the first leg by sending them crashing out and licking their wounds.

The first half started off well for the Gunners. Theo Walcott, in particular, had multiple opportunities early on and cashed in on one of them to at least provide a light of hope that the aggregate score would be respectable even if Arsenal were highly unlikely to overturn the four goal deficit. It was early in the second half, just after Olivier Giroud had put a golden opportunity for a second goal high of the target, that it all fell apart again. Laurent Koscielny committed a penalty on Robert Lewandowski and was sent off. From there Bayern converted the penalty and added four more for good measure. The aggregate final was 10-2. Another nail in the coffin of Arsene Wenger at the Emirates.
Source: espnfc.com
Mar 7 - 4:44 PM

Laurent Koscielny has recovered from the thigh injury he picked up in Munich and should be available to Arsene Wenger for the crucial Week 27 showdown with Liverpool at Anfield.

Talk about adding injury to insult. The possibility that Laurent Koscielny could have been lost for what will be an incredibly important match against Liverpool would have been incredibly hard for Arsenal supporters to take given that the Gunners also lost that match 5-1. They will still be hard pressed to beat Liverpool at Anfield given the Reds' excellent record against fellow big clubs since Jurgen Klopp's arrival. Still, the presence of Koscielny will at least give them a fighting chance. Without him they would certainly have been doomed at Anfield.
Source: espnfc.com
Mar 3 - 1:59 PM